What Causes Crow’s Feet?

It is inevitable. At some point, we will all get those small fine lines around the eyes that seem to get deeper and grow with age. They are “crow’s feet” and it is a perfectly natural occurrence, but that does not mean we have to live with them.

There are some things we can do to reduce crow’s feet or even eliminate them altogether and we will have a look at these prevention methods here.

Where do Crow’s Feet Come From?

As we get older, our skin loses both elastin and collagen, which account for its tightness and plumpness respectively. That is one factor that plays a role in developing crow’s feet around the eyes. This is enhanced by sun damage and hormone changes, but another factor is simply skin movement.

With every facial expression, from blinking to crying to laughing, we cause our skin to move in various ways forming wrinkles. And the skin around the eyes is very involved with everything that happens on the face, making it very susceptible to wrinkles.

How Can We Treat Crow’s Feet?

There are several effective ways to help reduce those fine lines around the eyes and each has its own benefits. Choose the option that feels comfortable for you and discuss them with a qualified practitioner.


Using a specialized tool that produces minuscule dermal injuries to specific parts of the face in a controlled manner, microneedling is an effective treatment in the fight against the aging process and crow’s feet.

Tiny punctures are made on the affected areas causing the skin to react and start the healing process. This process includes the stimulation of cells to produce more collagen, which tends to decrease as we age, causing the skin to lose that plump appearance. The result is a more revitalized look and, of course, reduced lines. 

Botox and Dermal Fillers

While Botox has been used to treat crow’s feet for quite some time, it does not affect the skin chemically as microneedling does with the natural production of collagen. Instead, Botox tends to relax the muscles in the area to prevent movement.

When used together in conjunction with dermal fillers, Botox can be an effective option in the treatment of crow’s feet. As the Botox reduces movement in the facial muscles, the dermal fillers can be injected directly into the skin to elevate the levels of collagen. While it is not a natural development of collagen, the effect is the same.

Skin Tightening

With the help of certain tools as well as radio-frequency, you can physically tighten the skin to make the fine lines disappear. In much the same way that an ultrasound machine is used during pregnancy, radio-frequency energy waves penetrate deep within the skin. When combined with a temperature-controlled facial massage, it stimulates circulation around the eyes to reduce the effects of crow’s feet.

Getting older is unavoidable but there are ways to keep our youthful looks as we age. A little help from a qualified technician can take care of those crow’s feet and keep us looking young.